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O Caledonian Somosaguas, projeto do arquiteto Marcio Kogan, do StudioMK27, foi idealizado para potencializar a coletividade da moradia na cidade através da diluição do lote, proporcionando uma transição delicada entre o público e o privado.

The Caledonian Somosaguas, designed by the architect Marcio Kogan of the StudioMK27, was designed to boost the collective housing in the city by diluting the lot, providing a delicate transition between the public and the private.

El Caledonian Somosaguas, proyecto del arquitecto Marcio Kogan, del StudioMK27, fue ideado para potenciar la colectividad de la vivienda en la ciudad a través de la dilución del lote, proporcionando una transición delicada entre lo público y lo privado.

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PORTAL VITRUVIUS. Caledonian Somosaguas. Projetos, São Paulo, year 19, n. 217.04, Vitruvius, jan. 2019 <>.

The studio received a commission to create a gated community of houses on the outskirts of Madrid; Somosaguas, an “anti-crisis” product that responded to the demand for housing.

The Project should adapt the made to order architectural details for a larger scale and should use industrialized products, available in the European market.

Caledonian Somosaguas, Madrid Spain, 2017. Architect Marcio Kogan / StudioMK27
Foto Fernando Guerra

The land occupied an entire block. The underground garage leaves the ground floor free to be used by the pedestrians and allows access to the homes for those who reside there. There are 21 houses in total, organized on 5 plateaus that overcome the uneven topography of 3.5m. The perimeter of the street is on the same level as the surrounding sidewalk. 4 different sized houses were designed following the 1,25m building module; from these there are 21 different configurations. Each house is unique.

Caledonian Somosaguas, lot occupation diagram, Madrid Spain, 2017. Architect Marcio Kogan / StudioMK27
Imagem divulgação [Acervo Studio MK27]

The relation between the size of the lot (0.75 hectares) and the population estimated at 97 people results in a demographic density of 130 inhabitants/hectare. An expressive number given that the density of Madrid is 54 inhabitants/hectare, according to Portal del Ayuntamiento de Madrid.

The architecture uses simple, industrial and monochromatic materials. Visually it is difficult to distinguish the unit from the group. The mini-wave and painted in white brick façades contrast with the wooden fences that delimit the paths. A rich and abundant landscaping permeates the entire lot and spreads on it in an organic way breaking the orthogonal angles of the volumes.

Caledonian Somosaguas, Madrid Spain, 2017. Architect Marcio Kogan / StudioMK27
Foto Fernando Guerra


The non-linear placement of the houses makes it appear similar to a pueblo with different paths inside the lot. The notion of ownership of the lot is diluted. The houses are built over a garden with common fruition and a private patio for each unit. There is a delicate transition between the private and the public.

In the middle is the main square, a meeting place around the pool.

The relationship between the block and the city happens in a permeable way. There are no external walls and the houses themselves create a non-linear divide between the street and the block which, in turn, create breather valves and more generous gardens for the public walkway.

Caledonian Somosaguas, Madrid Spain, 2017. Architect Marcio Kogan / StudioMK27
Foto Fernando Guerra


The Somosaguas project is a meta-project. The permeable occupation of an urban block for pedestrians can be replicated on any other urban lot in any other city. Each block can house different equipments for common use. The Project intends to maximize collective living in the city.

Caledonian Somosaguas, Madrid Spain, 2017. Architect Marcio Kogan / StudioMK27
Foto Fernando Guerra

data sheet

Caledonian Somosaguas

Madrid Spain


Project: July 2011

Completion: April 2017

Site: 3.700 sqm

Built area: 5.100 sqm

Basement built area: 4.100 sqm

Private area ground floor: 4.458 sqm

Common area ground floor: 4.003 sqm

Marcio Kogan (author), Suzana Glogowski (co-architect), Carlos Costa, Elisa Friedman, Giovanni Meirelles, Laura Guedes, Mariana Simas, Tamara Lichtenstein (project team)/ Studio MK27

interior design
Diana Radomysler

developer / local architect (Caledonian)
Henrique Lopez Granado

landscape designer
Isabel Duprat


Fernando Guerra

Multi-Family Housing and Mixed Use Award - Performed at the IAB/SP Special Award 75 years 2018


217.04 prêmio iabsp
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original: português

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217.01 edifício institucional

Centro Comunitário Camburi

217.02 patrimônio

Readequação para o Pateo do Collegio

217.03 prêmio iabsp

Observatório do campo e das estrelas

217.05 crítica

Le Corbusier e a atualização das abóbadas

Edson Mahfuz


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